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From Cusco to Manu – Travelling to the jungle

Most people start their journey to Manu from the city of Cusco, the historical capital of the Inca empire. This gives them some time to take in a bit of history before their wildlife adventure begins. From there they will either travel by road or fly.

View of Cusco from Cristo Blanco
View of Cusco from Cristo Blanco
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Travelling by minibus

Many tourists fly to manu, landing at Boca Manu airport, which takes around 45 minutes. Others will take the bus over the Andes mountains and through the beautiful cloud forest.

This is a 110 mile journey which normally takes 8-9 hours due to the condition of the road.  Though much longer than the 45 minute flight driving gives you more time to take in the scenery and experience the different ecosystems as you slowly descend in altitude. This is one of the experiences that makes a visit to Manu so unique for so many people.

 

Tourists then take the final part of their journey along the Madre de Dios river. This is done in motorised canoes or peke pekes. Open to the elements riding on one of these can be quite exhilarating.

Traveling along the Alto Madre de Dios river by boat.
Traveling along the Madre de Dios river by boat.
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